Battle Studies (häftad)
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annotated ed
University Press of Kansas
Spiller, Roger J.
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234 x 158 x 19 mm
362 g
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A classic of military thought that merits a place alongside the works of Clausewitz and Sun Tzu, Battle Studies was first published in Paris ten years after the death of its author, French army officer Charles Ardant du Picq (1821-1870). Updated to provide a more complete and accurate biographical and historical framework for understanding its meaning and import, this edition-deftly translated, introduced, and annotated by noted military historian Roger Spiller-offers a new generation of readers the benefit of Ardant du Picq's unique insight into the nature of warfare.Nothing, Ardant du Picq asserts, can be prescribed wisely in an army "without an exact understanding of its ultimate instrument, man, and his morale at the defining instant of combat." Accordingly, Battle Studies, the first systematic exploration of human behavior in the extremities of combat, focuses squarely on the tactical realm its author knew so well. Eschewing grand military theories and strategies, Ardant du Picq draws on his real-world experience, especially during the Crimean War and the Siege of Sebastopol where he was captured, to examine what motivates a soldier to fight, what creates cohesion or disorder, what gives a commander tactical control, and what makes reason give way to instinct: in short, "the essence of the science of combat."
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"Spiller's fine translation of Ardant du Picq's classic is a book that should be read by every American soldier. Du Picq explains why soldiers act they way they do in battle and why soldiers are not simply 'users' of technology. Only S.L.A. Marshall can rival his explanation of the dynamics of combat and their effect on human beings."-- Robert A. Doughty, author of Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War

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Roger J. Spiller is the George C. Marshall Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Military History and former director of the Combat Studies Institute at the US Army Command and General Staff College. He is the author of An Instinct for War: Scenes from the Battlefields of History. He has also served as an advisor to Ken Burns on documentary television series on World War II and the Vietnam War.